Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Raid on Troy is book seven in The Orfeo Saga by Murray Lee Eiland Jr, another fascinating entry in this series, and this time, the author revisits Greek mythology, bringing alive characters from lore in an intense, insanely absorbing read. Two slave boys, Memnon and his brother, Menas, escape slavery and establish their own power. Memnon wants the gold of Troy, so with the help of his brother, he rallies his shipmates for a deadly plan against the unfortunate Therans. The expedition quickly escalates to more power lust, scheming, intrigue, and other players in the game like Orton, a legendary warlord. Read on to discover what happens when Telemon and Orfeo join the battlefield.
Murray Lee Eiland Jr is a master storyteller with the gift of having readers seduced by his excellent writing and utterly captivated by his strong plot lines, the unexpected twists, the well-developed, beautifully fleshed-out characters. When I picked up this book, I was expecting a retelling of Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey, but I was awed by the originality in the plot and in the conflict. Readers are introduced to new and exciting characters, and those they are familiar with from Greek mythology are completely reinvented. The author creates an astonishing balance between plot, character development, and setting, and in a clear and compelling narrative voice creates scenes that are intense and spellbinding. It is rare to find a book that keeps the reader’s attention from beginning to the end without slackening somewhere, but The Raid on Troy is one of those rare ones. Be ready to be blown away by the action-packed scenes and the phenomenal conflict.